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Jan 23, 2013 5:00pm PST
government in november, calling the ban that kept the women off the front lines exclusionary and kept women from rising in the ranks and earning the recognition that their male counter parts get. 14,000 jobs were opened and removed the ban. the military has until 2016 to be ready for this ban. a former military member herself said that the ban prevented her and her two sisters from doing all they wanted to do in the air force and it's a dw thing. >> even today, women are serving in combat. we all know that. it's just a matter of giving them that thank you. and that acknowledgment, that yes, they are serving in combat. and they are doing a great job. and we need them there. >> a senior staff attorney with the aclu women's right project in san francisco released the statement saying in part, they welcome the lifting of the ban with cautious optimism and hope that it will be lifted quickly and fairly. the ban went in effect 1994 and if there's positions they want to prevent them from filling, special exemptions will be considered. >> last year, defense secretary panetta expanded combat positio
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